Auction 136, Lot 775

"Bureau of American Ethnology 23rd Annual Report 1901- 1902", Powell, John Wesley

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1904 (published)


Color: Printed Color

8 x 11.5 inches
20.3 x 29.2 cm

This is one of the most sought-after BAE annual reports. This book contains a lengthy report by Matilda Coxe Stevenson titled The Zuni Indians, which was the most complete examination of traditional Zuni culture of the late 19th century, since the pioneering work of Frank Hamilton Cushing. The book includes 139 plates, including 47 full-color chromolithographs of Zuni dancers, kachinas, masks, ceremonies, altars, and other ritual objects, as well as reproductions of black-and-white photographs showing daily life and pottery. Hardbound in original green cloth with gilt head of American Indian to top board and embossed stamp on back board, 634 pp.


Condition: B

A bullet hole (seriously) to the spine resulted in minor damage to interior pages and plates, but is primarily confined to blank margins. Binding is shaken and has some loose pages - a good candidate for rebinding unless one wanted to make up a tall tale to explain the bullet hole.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/1/2011